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Caring for employees

Our employees are at the centre of everything we achieve at Smith & Nephew.

Keeping our employees safe

Our employees create safe workplace environments and we encourage our employees to look further than their own roles to identify how we can all improve.

Top quartile safety performance

Our lost time incident frequency rate (LTIFR) has risen since 2015 but we performed well in line with other companies in our sector in 2016. Further improvement was made in our total incident rate (TIR) which fell by 4% over the year to 0.52. This performance places us in the top quartile for safety in our sector.

We have introduced programmes across our business to further improve safety awareness on issues including safe driving, manual handling, travelling on company business, personal protective equipment, incident reporting and environmental awareness.

Read about our Tuttlingen, Germany site’s achievement of OHSAS 18001

Empowering our talented employees

Our Talent Management Strategy is designed to support Smith & Nephew’s success by creating an environment where employees have the opportunity to develop, learn and grow.

Through a rigorous talent review and development process, we identify key talent and ensure they have robust career development plans and the support they need to thrive.

Valuing difference – diversity and inclusion

We want to actively build an environment that values difference; where every individual can fulfill their potential and be proud ambassadors for Smith & Nephew, our customers and their patients.

As part of our Valuing Difference programme, local councils, run by passionate and dedicated employees, meet quarterly to assess local needs, execute appropriate actions and share best practices.

In 2016, our top talent pool included 41% women, continuing the steady increase of the past several years. We also launched a new 12 month women’s leadership programme called ‘ELEVATE’ in which 100 employees took part across 15 markets.

Ensuring employee wellbeing

Being recognised as a Great Place to Work is one of our company goals. But what does it take to become a great place to work? We believe it’s about creating a workplace where employees are proud and excited to come to work every day, because they are making a difference for customers and patients.

In 2016, Canada, Denmark and Greater China joined Spain and Italy as countries where we have received recognition from the Great Place to Work Institute.

Read about our Virgin Pulse programme promoting employee wellness

Sustainability report 2017

Sustainability is better business.


Case studies

Read the stories behind our Sustainability Strategy

Case studies